Sunday, November 25, 2018

Hansel & Gretel at the LA Opera

Sunday afternoon we went to see Hansel & Gretel at the LA Opera. Here is Gemma with two of the creatures from the woods.

Prior to the show, there was a scavenger hunt all around the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

And, at intermission, there was gingerbread cookie decorating.

After the show, children got to meet the performers...

...and twirl around the empty lobby.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Our Walk Home

Pajama Saturday

Some things we did...
  • listened to Scott Joplin’s Bethena and a song from Treemonisha
  • played Forbidden Island (and won)
  • finished reading Leif the Lucky
  • played Prodigy side-by-side
  • dusted dollhouse rooms & rearranged dollhouse furniture
  • added stitches to embroidery project
  • drew (I drew a chaffinch and Gemma chose a pig)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Mid-Year Update: History

I overscheduled history.

So, I’ve decided to press the pause button on our readings from Discovery of New Worlds and Our Island Story (and Trial & Triumph, and Hillyer’s A Child’s History of Art), and spend a month reading Leif the Lucky and The Little Duke.

Update: We spent the past week reading Leif the Lucky (1/5 of the book each day for five days), instead of the history readings I had scheduled. It went really well. Gemma seemed to enjoy it. She retained a few details, had some curiosities, and didn’t complain about reading it. (This is in contrast to her reaction after reading it in one sitting when it first arrived months ago; she didn’t like it.) I’m looking forward to having her reading The Little Duke this way over the next three weeks. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Pajama Saturday

Today was Pajama Saturday.

Gemma and Pete went for a father-daughter bike ride down to the beach.

While I made breakfast, Pete taught Gemma how to play Gin Rummy, and then, as a family, we watched Fellowship of the Ring. (I wore my Hobbit slippers.)

Gemma and I did some Life of Fred: Fractions together, in bed, because bed is the best place to do math.

We baked chocolate chip banana bread muffins (that may have been more chocolate chip than banana bread) while listening to Scott Joplin’s rags.

Gemma and I played Prodigy  (I had no idea I could eat the salad in my backpack and get more hearts until Gemma told me.)

Another best day ever.